Close
Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · More Ill-winds for Indonesian Cruising?
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

More Ill-winds for Indonesian Cruising?

Sudden Introduction of 5% Bond for Foreign Flag Yachts Visiting Indonesia Threatens Efforts to Create a Cruise Tourism Sector.


Bali News: More Ill-winds for Indonesian Cruising?
Click Image to Enlarge

(7/30/2007)

In stark contrast to official posturing in support of developing Indonesia as a cruise destination, the Indonesian Department of Customs and Excise has suddenly introduced a new regulation requiring visiting yachts to pay refundable cash guarantee equal to 5% of the vessel's value. The fee, levied at the yacht's port of entry into Indonesia, will be refunded upon final exit of the vessel from the nation's territory.

Raymond T. Lesmana, the Chairman Indonesian Sea Lovers Foundation (Yayasan Cinta Bahari Indonesia) complained to Bisnis Indonesia that the new regulation has been implemented without prior warning from the government and at the very time Indonesia is hosting Sail Indonesia 2007, part of a world-wide cruise regatta by sailing yachts.

Explaining the new regulation, Lesmana said: "In this regard the participants of Sail Indonesia 2007 are exempted from paying the guarantee. But it is strange that a guarantee equal to 5% of the value of a yacht must be paid to Customs at the port of entry into Indonesia."

While the regulation provides for a return of the guarantee at the final port of exit, the exact mechanism for the refund remains unclear, at least at this stage.

According to Bisnis Indonesian, the Bali Marina which hosts a number of visiting yachts has been thrown into some degree of confusion by the new ruling, with many fearing that the armada of yachts at the Marina may soon weigh anchor and leave the Country.

Lesmana has questioned the wisdom of the new guarantees pointing out that Indonesia is alone in the region for introducing such a bond that may prove self-defeating in current efforts to encourage cruise tourism. According to Lesmana, more than 2,000 yachts bypass the countries outer borders each year due to uncertain or problematic legal standing for visiting yachts. At the same time, Lesmana estimates that visiting foreign yachts calling on Indonesia ports spend an average of Rp, 17.5 million(approximately US$1,900) during each week of their stay.

While other countries in the region are working to simplify foreign yacht visits, vessels wishing to call on Indonesia are required to secure a costly and time-consuming Clearance Approval for Indonesian Territory (CAIT) necessitating separate approvals from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Sea Communications, the Indonesian Naval Headquarters and State Intelligence Board.

Related Story

[Bali Needs a Cruise Port]


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.


 
UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL
 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Farming Still an Economic Centerpiece in Bali
Bali Faming Families Earn US$3,096 per year
(8/22/2014)
On the Street Where You Live
Denpasar, Bali Street Views Now Available on Google Maps
(8/22/2014)
Music that Heals
New Sanur-based Foundation Holds Fund-Raiser to Help People Stop Addiction and Rebuild Lives
(8/22/2014)
Arresting Drug Development
Denpasar Police Conduct Raids on Suspected Narcotics Dealers
(8/17/2014)
A Day and Night at the Museum
Morning Coffee at The Museum and Charity Dinner – August 30, 2014
(8/17/2014)
Kura Kura: New Local Travel Option in Bali
Bali Introduces New Kura Kura Shuttle Bus System for Tourist Visitors
(8/17/2014)
Bali Prepares to Fight Ebola
Classed as a Worldwide Epidemic by the WHO, Bali Puts Measures in Place to Handle Suspected Ebola Patients
(8/17/2014)
New Road for Tanjung Benoa?
Talks Continue on Construction of a Tanjung Benoa Ring Road in Bali’s South
(8/17/2014)
Leave it to a Professional
Tourism Leaders Call for their Next Minister to be Drawn from Circle of Professional Tourism Practitioners
(8/17/2014)
Mind Your “Qs” and “Pees”
Bali Tourism Transport Drivers Undergo Surprise Urinalysis
(8/17/2014)
Bless our Beasts
Bali Safari & Marine Park Seeks God’s Blessing on ‘Tumpek Kandang’ – a Day Dedicated to Animals
(8/17/2014)
Those in Peril on the Sea
2 Passengers Missing from Sunken Tourist Vessel Near Komodo Island
(8/17/2014)
All [News]!
 
Tourism and Transport Tourism Agents